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Degree Requirements

NOTE: The degree requirements listed below are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the degree requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit a new Declaration of Major or Declaration of Minor form to the M Center.

Child Development Major
Child Development Minor
Urban Education Minor
BA/MA Child Development/Early Childhood
BA/MA Child Development/Early Childhood Special Education
BA/MA Teacher Education
BA/MA Infant Mental Health

Child Development Major
(a minimum of 45 semester course credits)

Required Core Courses:

EDUC 036/136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

EDUC 133 Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs (3)

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (4)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (3)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3)

EDUC 160 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (3)

EDUC 191A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4-6)*

EDUC 191B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4-6)*

EDUC 194A Senior Seminar: Child Development (3-4)

EDUC 194B Senior Seminar: Child Development (3-4)

*For transfer students who have completed early childhood practicum outside of Mills, consult with your advisor on these requirements

Plus choose one of the following:

EDUC 114 Family Systems and Cultural Diversity: Connections with Schools, Communities, and Hospital Settings (3)**

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (3)

And select an additional 3-9 semester course credits from the following to complete the major. We will accept courses from our list of education courses below or psychology, anthropology or sociology courses that would be decided upon with the approval of a departmental advisor.

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3)

EDUC 102 Teaching for Diversity (3)

EDUC 103 Public Policy: Children, Youth, and Family Issues (3)

EDUC 120 Urban Education (3-4)

EDUC 125 Inquiry in Action in Urban Schools (3-4)

EDUC 142 The Hospitalized Child (3)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs (3)

EDUC 156 Grief and Loss (3)

EDUC 176 Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood Seminar (3)**

Note: A minimum of six courses in the major must be taken at Mills College.

Flexibility to substitute a new course, or a course not on the list but offered in the department, is an option available with the approval of a departmental advisor.

**Educ 114 and 176 required for ADP program. Students interested in this program should take these courses

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Child Development Minor
(a minimum of 18 semester course credits)

Required Core Courses:

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (4)

EDUC 036/136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

Plus choose one from the following:

EDUC 114 Family Systems and Cultural Diversity: Connections with Schools, Communities, and Hospital Settings (3)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (3)

Choose an additional 8-10 semester course credits from the following:

ANTH 130 Ethnicity, Race, and Child Development (3)

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3)

EDUC 114 Family Systems and Cultural Diversity: Connections with Schools, Communities, and Hospital Settings (3)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (3)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3)

EDUC 142 The Hospitalized Child (3)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (3)

EDUC 156 Topics in Child Health (3)

EDUC 160 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (3)

PSYC 165 Infancy (4)

PSYC 040/140 Life-Span Developmental Psychology (3)

Note: Flexibility to substitute a new course, or a course not on the list but offered in the department, is an option with the approval of a departmental advisor.

Urban Education Minor
(18 semester course credits)

Required:

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3)

EDUC 120 Urban Education (3–4)

EDUC 125 Inquiry and Action in Urban Schools (3–4)

Electives:

ANTH 104 School Culture and Policy (3)

ANTH 130 Ethnicity, Race, and Child Development (3)

ECON 139 Urban Economics (3)

ECON 141 Economics of Education (3)

EDUC 102 Teaching for Diversity (3)

EDUC 103 Public Policy, Children, Youth, and Families (3)

EDUC 230 History of Education (3)

EDUC 240/440 Hip Hop Pedagogy  (3)

ENG 122A/222A Community Teaching: Literary Arts Education, Theory and Pedagogy I (2)

ENG 122B/222B Community Teaching: Literary Arts Education, Theory and Pedagogy II (2)

ETHS 51 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)

ETHS 52 African American Women's History (3)

ETHS 126 Theories of Race and Ethnicity (3)

ETHS 158 Latino Immigration (3)

ETHS 159 History of Latinos in the US (3)

ETHS 165 Latina/o Politics (3)

ICL 181 Social Change Leadership Seminar (3)

LET 131/231 Cultures and Identities in the Americas and the Caribbean  (3)

PPOL 015 Introduction to Policy: Identifying and Solving Public Problems (3)

PPOL 111 Introduction to Public Radio Reporting  (3)

PPOL 112 Intermediate Public Radio Reporting (3-4)

SOC 108 Urban Sociology (3)

SOC 134 Social Inequality (3)

SOC 145 Sociology of Education (3)

SOC 146 Sociology of Hip-Hop (3-4)

SOC 156 Sociology of Oakland (3)

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BA/MA Child Development/Early Childhood
(BA-a minimum of 42 semester course credits;
MA-a minimum of 27 semester course credits)

Required courses and recommended sequence:

Sophomore

EDUC 036/136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

EDUC 114 Family Systems and Cultural Diversity: Connections with Schools, Communities, and Hospital Settings (3)

EDUC 133 Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs (3)

EDUC 160 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (3)

Junior

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (4)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (3) (alternates with EDUC 138)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3) (alternates with EDUC 137)

EDUC 191A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4–6)

EDUC 191B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4–6)

Senior

EDUC 194A Senior Seminar: Child Development (3-4)

EDUC 194B Senior Seminar: Child Development (3-4)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (3)

EDUC 176 Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood Seminar (3)

Fifth Year

(27-28 semester course credits)

Fall:

EDUC 234 Research Methodology for Observing Children (3)

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development (3)

EDUC 294A Graduate Seminar: Research in Education–ECE (3)

Spring:

EDUC 203 Public Policy: Children, Youth and Family Issues (3)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3)

EDUC 263 Administrative Practicum (3) or EDUC 275B Field Experience in ECE (3)

EDUC 294B Research Seminar–ECE (3)

Select one of the following:

EDUC 214 Family Systems and Cultural Diversity: Connections with Schools, Communities, and Hospital Settings (3) (Spring)

EDUC 227/427 Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Education (4)  (Spring)

 

BA/MA Child Development/Early Childhood Special Education
(BA—a minimum of 44 semester course credits;
MA—a minimum of 23 semester course credits)

Required courses and recommended sequence:

EDUC 114 Family Systems and Cultural Diversity: Connections with Schools, Communities, and Hospital Settings (3)

EDUC 133 Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs (3)

EDUC 136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (4)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (3) (alternates with EDUC 138)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3) (alternates with EDUC 137)

EDUC 142 Hospitalized Child (3)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (3)

EDUC 154 Medical Information (2)

EDUC 191A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4–6)

EDUC 191B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4–6)

Senior

EDUC 176 Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood Seminar (3)

EDUC 194A Senior Seminar: Child Development (3-4)

EDUC 194B Senior Seminar: Child Development (3-4)

MA Early Childhood Education Special Education Degree/Credential

(23-25 semester course credits)

EDUC 231 Assessment and Intervention for Children with Special Needs (3)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3)

EDUC 263 Administrative Practicum serves as a second field experience (3)

EDUC 275A Field Experience and Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education (3)

EDUC 294A Graduate Seminar: Research in Education–ECE (3)

EDUC 294B Graduate Seminar: Research in Education–ECE (3)

EDUC 379 Teaching Language Arts and Literature in the Primary Grades (3)

Select two of the following:

EDUC 234 Research Methodology for Observing Children (3)

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development (3)

EDUC 260 History and Theory of Play (3)

EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development (3)

 

BA/MA Teacher Education

BA/MA and Teacher Credential Program Courses of Study

The Accelerated Degree Program: BA/MA Teacher Education and teacher credential program allows undergraduates to complete their disciplinary major, a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis on teaching, and a teaching credential from the state of California in five years. All requirements for the BA are completed during the first four years of the program and, during this time, students also take courses that serve as part of their preparation for earning a teaching credential and master’s degree. Credential course work, student teaching and master’s course work are completed during the fifth year. The requirements of the senior and fifth years do not allow for a study abroad program during those years.

Single Subject Credential: Art, English, and Social Studies

This credential authorizes recipients to teach English, social studies, and art in grades 6–12. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Recommended sequence of course work:

Sophomore

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3) Fall

Junior

EDUC 120 Urban Education (3) Fall/Spring

EDUC 125 Inquiry and Action (4) Spring only

Senior

Complete all outstanding undergraduate requirements (and any of the above three classes not completed). Note that these four classes will not count as credit toward your undergraduate degree.

Fifth Year

EDUC 301A/B Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Teachers (3; 3) Fall/Spring

EDUC 302A/B Topics in the Humanities (2; 3) Fall/Spring

EDUC 339 Development and Learning in Adolescents (3) Fall

EDUC 347A/B Introduction to the Profession of Teaching Diverse Learners (3; 3) Fall and Spring

EDUC 349 Perspectives on Disability, Inclusion, and Assessment (2) Spring

EDUC 353 English Language Development and Content Instruction Methods—Single Subj. (3) Fall

EDUC 385A/B Student Teaching in the Secondary School (2; 2) Fall and Spring

EDUC 389 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Secondary Schools (3)

EDUC 280 Final Project Seminar (2-3)


Single Subject Credential: Math and Science

This credential authorizes recipients to teach mathematics, life sciences, or physical sciences in grades 6–12. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Sophomore

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3) Fall

Junior

EDUC 120 Urban Education (4) Fall/Spring

EDUC 125 Inquiry and Action (4) Spring only

Senior

Complete all outstanding undergraduate requirements (and any of the above three classes not completed). Note that these three classes will not count as credit toward your undergraduate degree.

Fifth Year

EDUC 305A/B Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Teachers (3; 3) Fall/Spring

EDUC 339 Development and Learning in Adolescents (3) Fall

EDUC 347A/B Introduction to the Profession of Teaching Diverse Learners (3; 3) Fall and Spring

EDUC 353 English Language Development and Content Instruction Methods—Single Subj. (3) Fall

EDUC 385A/B Student Teaching in the Secondary School (3; 3) Fall and Spring

EDUC 389 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Secondary Schools (3)

EDUC 280 Final Project Seminar (2-3)

Two of the following :

EDUC 393 Topics in Chemistry (2) or
EDUC 394 Topics in Mathematics (2) or
EDUC 395 Topics in Biology (2) or
EDUC 396 Topics in Physics (2)


Elementary Multiple Subjects Credential

Although this credential authorizes recipients to teach in any self-contained K–12 classroom, it is recommended specifically for those interested in teaching grades K–6. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Sophomore

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3) Fall

Junior

EDUC 120 Urban Education (4) Fall/Spring

EDUC 125 Inquiry and Action (4) Spring only

Senior

Complete all outstanding undergraduate requirements (and any of the above three classes not completed). Note that these three classes will not count as credit toward your undergraduate degree.

Fifth Year

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (3) Fall

EDUC 300A/B Curriculum and Instruction in the Elementary School (3; 3) Fall and Spring

EDUC 303A/B Mathematics in the Elementary School (3; 3) Fall and Spring

EDUC 347A/B Introduction to the Profession of Teaching Diverse Learners (3; 3) Fall and Spring

EDUC 352 English Language Development and Content Instruction Methods—Multiple Subj. (3) Fall

EDUC 373A/B Student Teaching in the Elementary School (2 ;2) Fall and Spring

EDUC 379 Teaching Reading, Language Arts, and Literature in Elementary School (3) Fall

EDUC 380 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School (3) Spring

EDUC 280 Final Project Seminar (2-3)

 

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